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Low Vision Treatment

Published on
June 3, 2022

Low vision treatment is necessary when you have a condition that affects your vision, whether it's a disease or an incident that caused it, or something that causes it to become worse and you are not seeing as well as about 20/40, which is the DMV standard for a lot of states. 

When a patient does not see 20/40 because of various reasons, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, genetic conditions, and any condition that reduces a patient's vision, a low vision optometrist will help by focusing on solutions that are beyond the usual glasses or contact lenses. For someone with permanent vision loss, glasses are not going to help them see better because of the disease process or other factors. 

A low vision evaluation is about helping the patient understand the options available for them to maximize their vision and get the most independence. 

Life with low vision

In the event that your low vision eye doctor determines that vision loss cannot be corrected by standard eyewear, medicine or surgery, they will assist you in finding ways to adapt.

At first, these steps might seem challenging, but they will eventually lead to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.

You will likely be referred to a low vision specialist by an eye doctor who does not specialize in low vision. A low vision optometrist will assess your vision and prescribe low vision aids that are based on your needs and goals, such as:

  • Handheld magnifiers with lights
  • A digital magnifier for your desktop
  • Bioptic telescopes
  • An application that simplifies computer usage with features like magnification and text-to-speech
  • Printed material with large text
  • Sound recordings
  • Special light fixtures
  • Signature guides for signing checks and documents
  • With tinted UV filters, you may be able to enhance light sensitivity and contrast


Schedule a low vision evaluations in Los Angeles today

Schedule a low vision evaluation with our residency trained low vision optometrist, Dr. Sarah Wolff. Call us at (562) 925-6591 to schedule an appointment. 


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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